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Zonli Weighted Blanket

August 09, 2019 1:52 a.m.

Weighted blanket to help relax and get comfortable

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My Story:

My parents were fighting again. I didn't like it, but there was not much I could do as I was just a kid. I knew that deep down I loved my parents and they loved me, but the constant shouting matches between mom and dad didn't really help to reinforce that fact. They had their differences, different values, different beliefs, but these were irreconcilable. I went downstairs to my room and shut the door. It didn't get rid of the screaming, only if my parents left the house or if I left the house would stop the noise. I knew never to leave the house when my parents where having a shouting match. I climbed into bed and pulled the blanket over me. The screaming was muffled and unintelligible, but still audible. I was emotionally drained and my stomach was in knots, but somehow I felt some relief laying in bed with a blanket over me. The pain didn't actually subside, but I didn't feel as bothered in my cotton cocoon. A feeling of numbness washed over me. Eventually, my parents separated and then divorced. I didn't really follow up too much on my father, but my mother was an emotional wreck afterwards. I supported her as best I could and she never sought counselling or therapy. Life eventually moved on.

How did this purchase improve my life?

Sometimes, I would work for weeks and weeks on end, never really taking an actual day off. It wasn't that I loved to work or that I was a workaholic; I just had a lot on my plated and needed to get things done. On the days I took off, I would just sit on the couch all day and vegetate. That seemed to have a positive effect on me as I was able to just sit and do nothing and let my mind rest. I would sit on the couch and put my feet and legs up on the footstool. I would put a light blanket over me, but it wasn't enough. I couldn't quite get cozy. It was not warm enough and not heavy enough. I bought the Zonli 48" x 72" 15lbs weighted blanket and it has helped me to get comfortable. It is a good size and it can keep me covered. It provides enough warm and enough weight. I can finally feel cozy and relaxed. I feel calm can feel the worry fade away.

How do I use this item?

The first time I got the Zonli weighted blanket, I placed it in the washing machine and washed it with laundry detergent. I then laid it out flat on a drive smooth surface atop of towels and placed fans blowing on the blanket to help it air dry. I flipped it over to continue drying on the other side. You do have to be extra careful handling the blanket because it is unexpectedly heavy. I put it in a twin sized duvet cover, but not just any duvet cover. It was a special duvet cover from Ikea made of cotton with a percale weave at a 250 thread count. It has a starchy texture that is really soft on the skin which makes it really good for getting relaxed and comfortable. The percale weave at over a 200 thread count is what I would describe as crunchy soft or starchy soft and it is strongly recommended. Any time I needed to relax, I would go to my couch and sit back and put my feet up and I put the Zonli weighted blanket over me. I could sit back and relax with the weight of the blanket on me keeping me feeling warm enough and having a secure and safe feeling which makes relaxing even easier. I could have the blanket on while playing video games or watching television. I usually keep the temperature a little cooler to relax and the weighted blanket provides sufficient warmth. The Zonli weighted blanket isn't incredibly warm, but it is much more comfortable than the cotton throw that I used to use.

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Final Thoughts:

Of all the comments and reviews that I have read about this blanket, it is an excellent quality blanket. I have not had any issues thus far. It has glass beads in it for weight and the blanket itself is made of cotton. I am not sure of the long-term longevity of the blanket and whether it will leak the glass beads. My recommendation is to wash the blanket sparingly, if at all and always to keep it within a duvet cover or two. If you ever dirty the duvet cover or sweat into it, you can remove the weighted blanket and wash the duvet cover. If the duvet cover starts to wear down, you can always replace it and keep the weighted blanket. With machine washing the blanket, there is the risk that that blanket may leak some glass beads into the washing machine. I have not experienced this. The glass beads are spread across various square patches throughout the entire blanket so that the weight is distributed evenly throughout the blanket. This way the blanket behaves as a blanket instead of like a bean bag chair. A lot of people have mentioned using the blanket to help with sleep. It did not work for me. I weigh just under 200 lbs and I found the blanket to be too heavy and restricting for sleep. Maybe I just needed to give it more time and use it a few times to get used to it, but your mileage may vary. For me, if I were to use a weighted blanket for sleep, I would pick a small and lighter blanket to use. A 48" x 72" and 15lbs blanket is perfect for me for relaxing during the day on the couch or having a short nap. But, for sleep, I would prefer to be able to move my legs around freely occasionally at night. I've had sleep issues ever since the beginning of university. I've even had snoring and sleep apnoea issues. I had a sleep study done and the technician and respirologist were not able to find any signs of sleep disorder. On the night of the sleep study, the top cover was tucked in a little too tightly. I kept trying to kick it off so that the cover would come loose and I wasn't tucked in so tightly. I had electrodes and wires attached to my head and other parts of my body, so movement was also restricted. I would ending sleeping a little bit during the study, but the occasional screaming and yelping from other patients would wake me up. When I tried the Zonli blanket for sleep at home, the 48" x 72" 15lbs weighted blanket reminded me of what it felt like with the bed cover during the sleep study when I wasn't able to move my legs because the top cover was so tightly tucked under the mattress. So, if you are intending to get the weighted blanket to help with sleep issues, you may wish to get one that is less than the 10% of your body weight rule. If you are still having sleep issues, you may wish to read some books on improving sleep quality or consulting a medical expert on sleep.


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